Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong), Luang Prabang

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See some of the most prominent Lao monasteries and learn about their religious and cultural significance at Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong). The compound, built in 1560 in typical Laotian style, consists of twenty structures, including shrines, pavilions, gardens of ornamental plants, and residences. Pay special attention to the gilded doors made of wood, which depict events from the Buddha's life. Also, visit many surrounding facilities, including a library, a drum tower, and a ceremonial barge. Make Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong) part of your personalized Luang Prabang itinerary using our Luang Prabang family vacation planner.
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  • Ok. Nice temple. Had to pay 20K Kip per adult. I don't really feel the fee justifies the visit, but they are making people pay at most of the temples.  more »
  • 20000kips as an entrance fee but worth every cent. There are several buildings in this complex all of which are worth a look...beautiful murals and stencil work on the walls. The funeral chariot of th...  more »
  • Not far from downtown then I rode scooter here to visit in the afternoon. Beautiful architecture with Lots of beautiful Buddha statues as well as very ornate pieces for various ceremonies. Great to se...  more »
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  • Visit if you are a culture-vulture who enjoys time travelling. We greatly appreciated the intricate details of the temples' interior and exterior!
  • beautiful temple, the most famous in the city! nothing that you didn't miss in 1000 other temples but if you are here why not? ;)
  • Go late in the evening. The bank's of Mekong are nearby. You can see the monks work there and do their prayers. We even got to see them swim in the river.. Women should keep sleeves and shoulder covered or will have to pay 1 dollar rent.
  • When I visit there, Fortunately I could see a ceremony for Buhhda. It was enjoyable experience. If there is not any ceremony, it is worth visiting for seeing Laos' cultures.
  • Beautiful small temple with fine decorations. worth 20k kip per person.